Medical Laboratory Technician - A.A.S. Degree (Career)
Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs) are clinical professionals who, under the supervision of other medical scientists such as medical technologists and pathologists, perform and interpret laboratory procedures vital to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. MLTs can make critical contributions to health care, for example:
- identify viruses, bacteria, and parasites;
- perform chemical analyses, including toxicology, urinalysis, and endocrinology to evaluate conditions such as diabetes, hepatitis, and renal disorders;
- test cells, bone marrow, and other body fluids to aid in diagnosis of blood disorders such as leukemia;
- perform blood bank procedures necessary for transfusions, transplants, and paternity testing;
- study the relationship of antibodies and antigens in conditions such as AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
MLTs are responsible for preparing lab specimens, drawing blood samples, operating microscopes and automated instrumentation, reading computer screens and reports, and understanding differential test reactions. Laboratory professionals work in a wide variety of settings, from hospitals and doctors’ offices to research facilities and public health organizations. With a surplus of jobs available, a career in medical laboratory science provides competitive salaries, job security, and geographical flexibility.
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